Paradaski ski area, France

Families, beginners and intermediates love the Paradiski – a huge, high-altitude ski area in France. The resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs are made up of almost a dozen villages, from purpose-built hubs with a mix of bars and restaurants, to quieter, more traditional hamlets. MOUNTAIN STATS Ski area size: 425kmSnow range: 1,250-3,250mLa Plagne resort height: 1,800-2,150mLes Arcs resort height: 1,600-2,000mNo. of easy slopes: 140 No. of intermediate slopes: 65No. of advanced slopes: 37 What’s the skiing like in the Paradiski? The Paradiski is…Continue Reading “AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE PARADISKI”

Val d'Isere

Deep in the Tarentaise Valley sit Tignes and Val d’Isère, two (very different) resorts that make up the world-renowned Espace Killy ski area. It’s named after the French Olympic downhill skiing champion Jean Claude Killy, and links 300km of slopes. With five villages under its belt, Tignes is pretty versatile. First is the quintessentially French village of Les Brévières, followed by Tignes 1800, which is dotted with stylish apartments that make it ideal for families. Peaceful Le Lavachet is next, with easy access to the…Continue Reading “A QUICK GUIDE TO THE ESPACE KILLY”


Think ‘skiing’ and the French Alps are bound to come to mind. The huge, high-altitude ski areas are home to some of Europe’s prettiest, most challenging and most enjoyable runs. Here are five of our favourites to try… L’Aiguille Percée — Tignes Difficulty: BlueLength: 5km Cruise down a wide blue that’s full of photo moments. Start with a snap of the famous Aiguille Percée, the eye-of-the-needle rock that dominates the skyline up at 2,300m. Trace through the treeline, carve by an ice cave and skirt…Continue Reading “TOP 5 RUNS IN FRANCE”

France or Italy skiing

As France and Italy get ready to face each other in the Six Nations rugby, we put them head to head to see which is the better ski destination. It’s French Alps versus Dolomites, purpose-built versus traditional, fondue versus pizza – but which one wins out for you? Mountain stats No. of resorts:France – 28Italy – 19Biggest ski area:France – Portes du Soleil, 650kmItaly – Dolomiti Superski, 1,220kmHighest resort:France – Val Thorens, 2,300mItaly – Cervinia, 2,050mHighest skiing:France – Chamonix, 3,842mItaly – Cervinia, 3,883m Skiing Think…Continue Reading “SKIING IN FRANCE VS ITALY”

Canadienne catered ski chalet in Val d'Isere, France

A chalet holiday is your chance to relax – and with welcoming vibes, great company and delicious food made by your Crystal chalet hosts, you’ll soon feel right at home. What’s included in a catered chalet holiday? Crystal chalet holidays are all about sitting back, socialising and savouring all the special moments of a ski holiday. Whether you’re booking out a whole chalet for your family or friends, or sharing with like-minded snow seekers, you’re sure to make plenty of mountain memories. Relax in comfort…Continue Reading “OUR TOP CATERED SKI CHALETS”